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Everyone knows that Russia is a massive country but as a golfing nation it’s tiny. A decade ago, golf in Russia was a novelty and the preserve of wealthy diplomats rather than a serious professional sport. But things are changing and the pleasures of the Royal & Ancient game are slowly but surely being discovered.

Naturally, Russians are stereotyped as Cossack dancing, vodka drinking, fur hat wearing, Lada driving folk who love all night parties. There must be some exceptions? This huge country is so diverse that we couldn’t possibly even begin to describe it here, so we’ll get straight on to the golf.

Naturally Moscow Country Club put Russia firmly on the golfing map, but there are now thirty golf courses in the country and more are either in the planning or construction stages.

Mill Creek Golf Club in St Petersburg opened for business at the end of 2017. Designed by Ross McMurray from European Golf Design, the golf facility is owned by Sergey Borisov, who asked the architect to lay out a course that can be played in multiple ways, using two distinct teeing areas on every hole. Not only that, additional tees offering alternative directions of play allow golfers to indulge in a form of cross-country golf across the property – welcome to the brave new world of ‘Kaleidescope Golf’.

If you've played some of Russia's golf courses and would like to help shape our future Russian golf course rankings, we’d love to hear from you, so please get in touch. Dosvidania for now.

Our Russian golf course rankings were last updated in February 2020.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Russia


1st Russia Ranking

The “ultra-luxury country club” of Tseleevo Golf & Polo Club offers invited members access to a 1,000-acre sports facility...


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2nd Russia Ranking

The first Russian Jack Nicklaus Signature course appeared at Tseleevo Golf & Polo Club in 2008 and six years elapsed before the second one arrived at Skolkovo Golf Club in Moscow...


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3rd Russia Ranking

Set out on a gently rolling, forested property with a number of beautiful water hazards in play, the Jack Nicklaus-designed course at Raevo Golf & Country Club has been extensively drained and sand capped to help extend Moscow’s short playing season.


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4th Russia Ranking

The English father and son team of Dave and Paul Thomas designed Pestovo Golf & Yacht Club as a Russian championship course that will compete with Moscow CC in terms of quality and challenge.


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5th Russia Ranking

Designed by Lassi Pekka Tilander, the course at Gorki Golf & Resort sits around seventy kilometres southwest of Saint Petersburg. Built in two phases in the style of an inland links, the layout incorporates wide fairways and large, multiform bunkers.

Zavidovo PGA National

6th Russia Ranking

The brief from the Russian client when European Golf Design worked on the Zavidovo PGA National course was to produce a layout capable of hosting professional events so this track offers golf on a big scale.


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7th Russia Ranking

Almost half the holes at the Moscow Country Club golf course have water to contend with, especially at the signature, 576-yard par five 5th.


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8th Russia Ranking

The MillCreek Country Club course is the centrepiece of a major residential development outside Saint Petersburg which features an innovative “kaledescope golf” routing from Ross McMurray of European Golf Design, allowing many alternative playing options.

Forest Hills

9th Russia Ranking

Located outside the small village of Matveykovo, around 85 kilometres northwest of Moscow, the course at Forest Hills Golf Club is an Arthur Hills and Steve Forrest design that forms only one component of an enterprising 1,100-acre development.


10th Russia Ranking

Built on a relatively flat site close to the Neva River estuary, around thirty kilometres from Saint Petersburg city centre, the Peterhof Golf Club course is a Hills Forrest layout with six different ponds and lakes integrated into its design.

Russia Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Bodunkov Alexey Courses Played 10
2 Gleb Yakovlev Courses Played 8
3 Michael David Courses Played 7
4 Joni Vertell Courses Played 2
5 Steve Eggleston Courses Played 1
= RM61 Courses Played 1
= Ian Greenwood Courses Played 1
= Walter Resch Courses Played 1
= Ron Stelten Courses Played 1
= Rod Courses Played 1